Elsevier Collaborates with edX, Not-for-Profit Venture Offering Interactive Study Via the Web

Content from Foundations of Analog and Digital Electronic Circuits available free to edX students

Waltham, MA, September 25, 2012 – Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced its plan to provide free content through edX, the online learning initiative founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) launched in May.

Students who enroll in edX’s course 6.002X: Circuits and Electronics will have free access to an online version of the course textbook, Foundations of Analog and Digital Electronic Circuits, written by Anant Agarwal and Jeffrey Lang and published under Elsevier’s Morgan Kaufmann imprint.

“We’re honored to collaborate with edX,” said Suzanne BeDell, Managing Director, Science and Technology Books, Elsevier. “With this new course, hundreds of thousands of students around the world will have had free access to the cutting-edge content contained in Foundations of Analog and Digital Electronic Circuits.” 

The free version of the textbook was also available in the spring offering of MIT’s 6.002x, before the creation of edX.

"Innovative alliances, such as this one with Elsevier Science & Technology Books, are at the core of the edX mission to improve access to higher education for students worldwide," said Anant Agarwal, co-author of Foundations of Analog and Digital Electronic Circuits and President of edX. "edX is committed to providing our students with content published under the most rigorous standards. We are very grateful for Elsevier’s commitment to helping edX learners throughout the world."

Through edX, the "X Universities" – which now includes UC Berkeley in addition to founding institutions Harvard and MIT – will provide interactive education wherever there is access to the Internet and will enhance teaching and learning through research about how students learn, and how technologies can facilitate effective teaching both on-campus and online. edX plans to add other "X Universities" from around the world to the edX platform in the coming months.

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About edX
edX is a not-for-profit enterprise of its founding partners Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that features learning designed specifically for interactive study via the web. Based on a long history of collaboration and their shared educational missions the founders are creating a new online-learning experience. Anant Agarwal, former Director of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, serves as the first president of edX. Along with offering online courses, the institutions will use edX to research how students learn and how technology can transform learning—both on-campus and worldwide. edX is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is governed by MIT and Harvard.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Elsevier Research Intelligence,and ClinicalKey—and publishes over 2,200 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and over 25,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works.

The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC, a world leading provider of professional information solutions in the Science, Medical, Legal and Risk and Business sectors, which is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).

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